This teacher appreciation card was inspired by the challenge blog Less is More where the idea is to create cards that have one main focal point; that have lots of white space and that use minimal to no layers and embellishments. I admit that often I struggle with trying to think of unique card layouts and always feel that I need just one more thing to make it complete. Well, creating this card was sort of freeing. The goal was to keep it simple. To not overthink it. To just create something.
I started by cutting a rectangle out of Neenah white 80# cardstock using the In & Out Stitched Die Rectangle Die set. I then stamped the apple from the SSS Dancing Fruits with SSS Barely Beige Ink so that I could do some no line coloring. For the red of the apple I used Copic markers R22, R24 and R29; the stem with E35 and E37 and the leaf with YG03, YG11, YG13.
I created a mask for the apple and placed it on top. Plus I taped off the fancy edge because I wanted to leave that white. I used my salty ocean distress ink and a ink blending tool a put a light layer of blue around the apple. When I was done, I removed my mask and tape. I used my Misti to stamp the Best Teacher sentiment (from a retired Clearly Besotted Stamp Set) with faded jeans distress ink. I used my Misti so that I could double stamp the sentiment to get a solid image. I also decided to stamp the image with VersaMark Ink so that I could place a layer of clear embossing powder on top.
To finish the card, I cut a larger rectangle from the same In & Out Die Set using Neenah white cardstock and glued it to a top folding 4.25 x 5.5 inch card. I decided to pop the apple rectangle piece up with some foam adhesive and placed it on the card on the lower right side.
I am really happy with how this card turned out and it was nice to challenge myself to create something clean and simple. I hope you’ll try it as well 🙂 For more back to school ideas check out my recent post about simple lunch box notes.